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Shark Tales

How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business
Narrated by: Barbara Corcoran
Length: 5 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (560 ratings)

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In Shark Tales, Barbara shares her hilarious stories about growing up, getting into trouble, failing miserably, and then starting over again. In each chapter, she comes back to one of her mom's unconventional lessons, and how it applies in the real world of business. Whatever your calling, the homespun lessons that work for Barbara will help you use what you've got to create success in your life. Whether you're just starting out, fighting your way up the career ladder, or re-entering the workforce, Shark Tales is an owner's manual to your most valuable asset.

Growing up, author Barbara Corcoran shared one floor in a three-family house in New Jersey with her parents and nine brothers and sisters. She had few luxuries, but she was blessed with a mother who taught her to have self-confidence. Barbara's mom didn't know much about business, but she understood how the world works and how to make the most of what you've got. After failing at 22 other jobs, Barbara borrowed $1,000 from a boyfriend, quit her job as a diner waitress, and started a tiny real-estate office in New York City. Today, with over $2 billion in revenues, The Corcoran Group in New York's premier real-estate company, and Barbara is richer than her wildest dreams.

©2011 Barbara Corcoran (P)2011 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Part memoir, part rough guide to business and 100 percent in-your-face glee." ( Working Mother)
"A practical, funny compendium of advice that should stick with any reader." ( USA Today)
"I love this book." (Judge Judy)

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  • Kathy
  • Oak Lawn, IL, United States
  • 07-20-12

Enjoyable

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - it was well written, entertaining and informative

Who was your favorite character and why?

I enjoy Barbara Corcoran and all that she has achieved in her career.

Any additional comments?

I think readers should be aware that Barbara Corcoran's prior two books "Use What You've Got" and "If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons On Your Pigtails: And Other Lessons I Learned From My Mom" are an exact repeat of the first half of Shark Tales! Buyer Beware!

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As a new Realtor...

I'm stealing all of these ideas! After realizing what she was doing and why, I am shocked that more Realtors do not take her approach. Amazing and entertaining listen. Perfect for recreation or any profession.

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  • 04-30-15

I love Barbara Corcoran, shared so much insite...

She shares the best an most intimate family and business stories. I really sense that she loved and thought of her mother the way I thought of my grandmother. She also reminds me of the smart women my mother is. I look up to her because we share some of the same thoughts about personal success. I would love to learn and grow in my business to the level she has and beyond when possible. Great Story Barbara. Share more!

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One Good Point Made It Worth The Purchase

Would you listen to Shark Tales again? Why?

No. There's a lot of story telling in this book. I was hoping for something that didn't have so much fluff .

Would you be willing to try another book from Barbara Corcoran and Bruce Littlefield ? Why or why not?

No. I didn't like the long drawn out stories, boring. I like condensed information that gets to the point.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Barbara Corcoran?

I think it was nice to have the author of the book narrate it. However, her style at times reminded me of listening to a children's story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. Nothing really jumped out at me.

Any additional comments?

For me the book was worth the purchase, even though I didn't give it a high rating. Why would I say that? Well, I realized one thing while listening to her, the importance of building a team. Barbra mentioned that she had one thousand brokers working for her company. I get it, it takes duplicating yourself as much as possible sometimes to really make a lot of money.

Honestly, that's all I got from this book.

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  • Carolyn
  • Jonesboro, GA, United States
  • 05-26-15

Shark Takes

Barbara Corcoran is one smart lady! She is a go getter! She came from a wonderful family of 10 children who were loved and cared for and her Mother told her to go get what you want and she did! I love Barbara she's my favorite!

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  • Natasha
  • tempe, AZ, United States
  • 08-08-11

WOW

finally a book about a woman going from nothing to a billion dollar co. shes funny, KIND! and a great example! WOW! her story is amazing...

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Very Engaging & Entertaining

loved it, memorable, and Barbara reenact the stories with the voices to match, to the point that you can actually see what she's saying (almost like being there). Great stories, informative (in relation to real estate), and inspiring (in relation to being clever, intuitive & thinking out of the box ways to accomplish her goals), great ideas that can be used, and ideas of knowing how far we can go to accomplish a goal. I loved it! But will be going back to listen again w/less interruptions ♥️ .

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  • Ginger 42
  • CENTENNIAL, COLORADO, US
  • 08-26-19

Fun bio and business education

A fun rags-to-riches biography that provides a backdrop to sharing the business practices that Barbara followed to achieve her many successes. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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This will be my favorite business book ever!

Barbara has such a funny and insightful way of story telling which inspires people like me to be creative in approaching entrepreneurship. I've learned so much street smartness from her through this book! It pumped me up.

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Great Read

You must read this biography. It’s very impressive how she use her skills to build a real estate company that made her millions.